The main ship doing the study is the BGP Prospector, owned by a subsidary of the Chinese national oil company CNPC. In addition, WSRW reported on four other supply vessels helping that mother ship for the exploration.
The Geo Service 1, spotted in Dakhla 4 July 2014 is part of these supply vessels. That same supply vessel also took part in Total's exploration round on the Anzarane block off Dakhla in 2012-2013.
The UN has stated that any further oil exploration in Western Sahara will be in violation of international law. Morocco will deploy the first oil rig ever in the occupied territory within 2-3 months. The rig is currently testing offshore Korea.
Morocco has occupied parts of Western Sahara since 1975, in violation of international law. Its groundless claims on the territory were rejected by the International Court of Justice.
Morocco occupies the major part of its neighbouring country, Western Sahara. Entering into business deals with Moroccan companies or authorities in the occupied territories gives an impression of political legitimacy to the occupation. It also gives job opportunities to Moroccan settlers and income to the Moroccan government. Western Sahara Resource Watch demands foreign companies leave Western Sahara until a solution to the conflict is found.
It's not easy keeping up with all the different legal proceedings relating to Western Sahara. For the sake of clarity, here's an overview of the five different cases at the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Leading activists from Western Sahara are condemned to sentences ranging from 20 years to life imprisonment in connection to a mass protest in 2010 denouncing the Saharawi people’s social and economic marginalization in their occupied land; the Gdeim Izik protest camp.
At COP22, beware of what you read about Morocco’s renewable energy efforts. An increasing part of the projects take place in the occupied territory of Western Sahara and is used for mineral plunder, new WSRW report documents.